Blackmores Sydney Marathon

We are under strict directions from NSW Police and the RMS to ensure the total time set for each event is adhered to in order to reopen roads. We must implement a series of cut-off points and redirections to ensure that the slowest runners don’t impede on our road re-opening schedule.

Will this impact me?

There are various cut-off and redirection points along the course. If a participant fails to reach the designated point by the time indicated, they will be given the option of pulling out or continuing by being redirected on a section of the course. Anyone who takes the ‘redirection’ option will have their number marked and will not be regarded as an official finisher.

Start window

Each event is allocated a start window, which is a specific period of time when runners must cross the start line within. For the Marathon, the Start Window is 10 minutes. No one will be permitted to cross the start line after 7:30am (unless the event director delays the start). If you cross the start line after this window you will be disqualified.

A tail vehicle controls the event cut-off time and event officials will also be located at each of the designated cut-off and redirection points noted below. Participants must follow the directions of event staff at all times and failure to do so will mean immediate disqualification and may prevent participants being allowed entry in future years.

The tail vehicle marshals will be issue late timing warnings to runners throughout the course to help you manage your pace and meet cut-off times. Any runner who is behind the official cut-off time at the cut-off point(s) may be asked to leave the course or take a redirection.

Blackmores Sydney Marathon Cut-Off & Redirection Points

Distance (approx)

Race Time Cut-Off from Start Line (Gun Time)
Time of Day
Official cut-off time - 6hrs - participants to maintain 8min 32sec per km or better 
1 College St and Art Gallery Rd (redirection point)
Runners redirected along College St (missing The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Loop)
5.9km 1hr:01min 8.21am
2 Flinders St, corner Moore Park Rd (redirection point)
Runners will be redirected along Anzac Pde (missing Driver Ave)
11.85km 1hr:51min 9.11am
3 Anzac Pde & Lang Rd (redirection point)
Runners redirected to continue south down the Bus Lane (missing Centennial Park)
16.59km 2hr:31min 9.51am
4 Anzac Pde & Lang Rd at Drink Station 9 (redirection point)
Runners redirected onto Anzac Parade (missing south Bus Lane loop)
25.57km 3hr:48min 11.08am
5 Flinders St past 29km mark prior to South Dowling Street (cut-off point)
Runners to be taken off the course and directed to the Finish Line
29.0km 4hr:17min  11.37am
6 Phillip Street at Half Marathon Drink Station 3 (cut-off point)
Runners to be taken off the course and directed to the Finish Line
31.1km 4hr:35min 11.55am
7 Cadman's Cottage, Overseas Passenger Terminal (redirection point) at Drink Station 12
Runners to be redirected to the Finish Line 
32.6km 4hr:48min 12.08pm
8 King St & Sussex St (redirection point)
Runners redirected to return north along Sussex St to Finish Line (missing Pyrmont)
35.3km 5hr:11min 12.31pm
Pyrmont St at Drink Station 14 (cut-off point)
Runners may be redirected along Pyrmont Bridge Rd, onto Pyrmont Bridge and over pedestrian walkways to re-join with the course at Sussex St and to continue to the finish on pathways only.
37.3km  5hr:28min   12.48pm
10 King St & Sussex St (redirection point)
Runners are redirected onto the western pathway along Sussex St & Hickson Rd, and from this point and time onwards, all runners/walkers must complete the course on pedestrian pathways only.
38.52km 5hr:38min 12.58pm
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